Archive for September, 2008

An Open Book

     Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men…                                                                                                              2 Corinthians 3:2

Do you realize, as a child of God, your life is “an open book?”

People are watching! What kind of witness are you? Would God be proud of you today?

In 2 Corinthians chapter 3, starting in verse 1, we are told:

Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

We are not perfect beings to all who will see us. Perhaps we are even hypocrites to those who know us best. Our Lord knows what is in our thoughts and hearts. Do we really want to honor Him with our lives? If so, we walk not alone, for Christ is with us. We may have many weaknesses, but His grace is sufficient for you:

…My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

So, let your light shine for God! Remember – people are watching – so is God!

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Prayer: Heavenly Father – We praise Your Holy Name! You know us through and through, looking into our hearts and thoughts. Help us to honor and glorify You through our lives. Let us shine our lights brightly so that all may see Your work of salvation through Christ Jesus in me. Amen.

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If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
These are the instructions that God gave to King Solomon at the completion of the building of the house of the Lord in Jerusalem. It was a promise to heal their land, along with a warning in verses 19 – 22:

But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations. And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house?And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.

Our country was built on the principle that we would be one nation under God, trusting in Him for direction.

As we reflect on the tragic events of 9-11 in 2001, we should consider the question — was it a wake-up call? Are we growing closer and closer to humbling ourselves — praying, seeking God’s face, and turning away from our wicked ways — or are we drifting further and further away from Him?

Prayer: Oh, Heavenly Father, we come before You with repenting hearts and ask for Your forgiveness. Incline the hearts of Your people, and our nation, to reflect on the events of 9-11 as a reminder that, in spite of this horrific tragedy, Your love far surpasses all the evil. In Christ Jesus, we have forgiveness of our sins; and You have promised to heal our land. We need that healing to become a nation that, once again, is under You, and trusting in You. Amen.

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He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2

John Lind, President/CEO of the Presidential Prayer Team is making an urgent prayer request for the people of the Gulf Coast region who live in the pathway of Hurricane Gustav. “Pray for those who lack resources to receive the help they need, and pray for the storm to dissipate quickly.”

Mayor Ray Nagin has ordered the mandatory evacuation of the City of New Orleans and there is a warning for all coastal areas from eastern Texas to the Florida state line.

Lind said, “It was just three years ago this week that the same region was hit by Hurricane Rita first and then, the devastating storm known as Katrina. I saw that devastation firsthand and I can only imagine the flashbacks that some residents are having. I urge you to continue to lift the situation before God in prayer and let’s thank Him together for His answers.”

President Bush has already declared a state of emergency in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and he continues to monitor the situation. Thus far, it’s estimated that one million citizens have begun evacuation and Gustav’s winds are topping out at 135 mph, and is currently listed as a Category 2, hurricane.

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